Alec MacGillis tackles the idea that the Supreme Court decision was somehow a win for Mitt Romney and Republicans:
Judging this the better outcome for Romney means seriously understating just how brutal the law's rejection would have been for Obama. It would have allowed Romney to argue--to crow to the skies, surely--that Obama's entire first term had been a giant zero: not only had he been unable to bring the economy back to full strength, but the issue he chose to focus on for the first two years of his term, when the economy was at its worst, had been proven a fool's errand. It would, as Jon Chait put it before the ruling, have cast a "demoralizing stench of failure that would have come from having his largest achievement go to waste."And that's not all. Romney has been in a bind on health care all campaign, given that he signed into the law the model for Obamacare. But a ruling against the law would have allowed Romney to lambast it on the court's terms--as an unconstitutional overreach.